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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

 -  Music  -  14 December 1956 (USA)
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A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Haley and the Comets ...
Themselves (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Himself
The Treniers ...
Themselves
...
Himself
Dave Appell ...
Himself
Applejacks ...
Themselves
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
Jana Lund ...
Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ...
Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ...
Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Herself - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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The Rock Kings Are Back - At Their Greatest! See more »

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14 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hi Fi  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As with Rock Around the Clock (1956), all songs are performed lip-synched to previously released records. It's worth noting, however, that Bill Haley and the Comets' instrumental "Goofin' Around" seen performed here is a different take than the version the band released on record. See more »

Goofs

The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »

Quotes

[after spilling liqour all over a dance]
Dancer: What are you doin' bringin' liqour in here?
Dancer: I didn't...
Dancer: I oughta slug you...
[he lifts up his fist; the other dancer pulls it down]
Dancer: You and what blee club?
Dancer: Really, the soprano's enough
[punches the other dancer; fight begins]
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Connections

Follows Rock Around the Clock (1956) See more »

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Rock 'n' roller must prove himself.
11 November 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A rock 'n' roll singer played by Alan Dale takes time out from his busy schedule to vacation back in his home town. The town's teens are there to meet the train; but the Mayor of Melonville warns the singer that his kind is not thought of too highly. DJ Alan Freed schedules a big charity dance to convince a newspaper columnist there is no harm in the new form of music.

Also in the cast are Jana Lund, Patricia Hardy and Gail Ganley. Spotlight musical acts are: Bill Haley & the Comets, Little Richard, the Treniers and Dave Appell & the Apple Jacks.

Low budget "B" flick produced by 'king of the quickies', Sam Katzman. Interesting to watch Haley & the Comets and Little Richard perform.


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